Datebook: April 18 - 710 Titanic Survivors Arrive in NYC 100 Years Ago

Apr 18, 2012

The sinking of the Titanic was 100 years ago last Sunday,but what happened to the 710 survivors is quite interesting. Around 4 a.m. the RMS Carpathia arrived to the scene, responding to distress calls and picked up the survivors in the lifeboats. Due to severe weather conditions, Carpathia took 3 days to get to New York City. The passenger steamship was greeted by a crowd of 40,000 in heavy rain. Most of the survivors boarded trains to their destinations. The Carpathia was quickly restocked to resume its initial journey to Austria-Hungary. The crew was given a bonus of a month's wages by Cunard as a reward for their actions, and some of the survivors joined together an additional bonus. Captain Arthur Henry Rostron was knighted by King George V and President Taft awarded him a Congressional Gold Medal. In 1918, the Carpathia was sunk in the Atlantic, after being torpedoed by a German U-Boat.

It's Wednesday, April 18

The Murray State University Wind Ensemble will give their annual spring concert tomorrow evening in Lovett Auditorium.  The Provost's Concert begins at 7:30.  Student conductor Seth Peveler will be featured, as will a brass quintet.  The program includes compositions by Bernstein, Jager, Hines, and Ticheli.  Admission is free. For more information, call the Department of Music at 809-4288. 

Fort Donelson hosts a Civil War Roundtable tomorrow night at 7 at the Cumberland Room of the Stewart County Visitor Center.  Historian Bill Mulligan presents a program on Civil War letters.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, call John or Nikki Walsh at 931-801-4530.

The Purchase Area Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale from 9 to noon on Saturday at the Paducah Demonstration Garden.  The sale will include perennial and annual flowers, herbs, and vegetable plants.

Find community event details at wkms.org.  Thanks for listening.

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